Dr. John Chaves
Dr. John Chaves
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Temporomandibular Joint - is the joint that slides and rotates just in front of the ear. It is made up of temporal bone located at the side and base of the skull, and the mandible or lower jaw. The temporomandibular joint makes it possible to chew, by moving your jaw forward and backward, sideways, and open and close. The TMJ works properly if the lower jaw and its movements are synchronized.

A condition known as Temporomandibular Disorder or TMD may manifest if the jaw twists when you open or close your jaw, or move it from side to side. TMD affects jaw muscles, the TMJs, and nerves related to chronic facial pain. TMD is caused by strenuous physical activities, stressful situations, overuse of the muscles, and bruxism or grinding of the teeth. These habits wear out the jaw muscles and lead to headache or neck pain. It may also lead to sensitive teeth, injured soft tissues, muscle soreness, jaw discomfort when eating, and temporal headaches.

TMD should be suspected if you experience an earache without an infection, jaw pain or soreness that occurs in the morning or late afternoon, jaw pain when you chew or yawn, and when you hear clicking when you open and close your mouth. Other symptoms include difficulty opening and closing your mouth, locked jaw when you talk, yawn or eat, and sensitive teeth even when no dental problems are found.

You should not fret if you have TMD. Majority of TMD cases are fairly easy to treat. Treatment involves resting the TMJ and taking non-aspirin pain relievers. Most of the time, TMD treatment is simple and can be done at home. You can practice stress management and relaxation techniques. You can also try sticking your tongue between your teeth to avoid clenching and grinding of your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you may consult with your dentist for a nighttime mouthguard. More severe cases are treated with physical therapy, ice and hot packs, and posture training. Eating soft foods and refraining from chewing gum also aids in relaxing the jaw muscles.

TMD is usually cyclical and may return when you experience stress. Be sure to have regular dental checkup so you can check for TMD on a regular basis.

5312 Comercio Lane, Suite A
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Phone 818-999-2707
Fax 818-703-1998


Services and Practice Overview

With Dr. John Chaves, D.D.S., you will find a dental clinician who is reassuring, passionate and 100% dedicated to the best possible outcome for your teeth. If you are setting an appointment for a general cleaning or if you are in need of advanced procedures such as fillings, broken tooth repair, a root canal, dental implants, bonding, porcelain veneers, advanced whitening, crown or crowns, restoration assessment, Dr. Chaves can help. Make an appointment today or call 818-999-2707 right now. If after hours, call and leave your name and number and a good time to call you back.

Locations Served

Although the office is located near Canoga and Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, many patients travel a considerable distance to take advantage of the latest in high tech equipment and cutting edge sedation techniques. In addition to all of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. The office services many Ventura County suburbs as well. Clients have come as far as Atlanta and Alaska to have work performed by Dr. Chaves.

Why make an appointment today?

There are many good quality dentists and dental centers to choose from in and around the Southland and throughout California; many of which will offer a variety of sedation techniques to help you relax and do their best to create a painless environment for your dental work. Just about every dentist today can repair/fix a broken tooth using a variety of methods. Dr. John Chaves is one of these dentists. He has built his practice and has made a considerable investment by focusing on the creation of the highest comfort level possible (Cable TV, comfortable furniture, cutting edge sedation techniques) and a unique results oriented approach to dental care. You can choose to go to a dentist that is closest to where you live or you can make an appointment with Dr. Chaves and experience the very latest in dental techniques, dental technology and a staff that truly cares about you and your well being.
Cosmetic Dentistry News

TMJ No More Review | Introduces How to Treat Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) Quickly – Vinaf.com TMJ No More is a new program developed by Sandra Carter, who promises to teach people how to cure temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). An overview on the website Vinaf.com shows if the program is good for people to use. (PRWeb March 31, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/tmj-no-more/review/prweb11717512.htm

LeAnn Rimes' Jaw Popped Out During Oklahoma Concert The singer, who has had Temporomandibular Joint Disorder since she was a teen, fought pain in the middle of the concert.

LeAnn Rimes Fails To Finish Concert Due To Jaw Popping Out Of Place LeAnn Rimes' latest concert could be called jaw-dropping, but not for the reason you may think.The 31 year-old singer left fans disappointed at her...

TMJ No More Review | How to Treat TMJ Disorder Quickly and Naturally – hynguyenblog.com TMJ No More is the latest program created by Sandra Carter that claims to guide people how to treat temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). The site hynguyenblog.com has written a full review to show whether this method is helpful or not. (PRWeb April 01, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/tmj-no-more/review/prweb11723448.htm

Leann Rimes Suffering From Painful Jaw Condition Leann Rimes cut short a show in Oklahoma on Saturday night (22Mar14) after an ongoing jaw condition flared up.The singer has revealed she is...

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